Tackling Mental Illness, Head On

A panel discussion
Monday 30th January 2017, 8pm
Cockfosters and New Southgate Synagogue

Come and join us to hear how the vital topic of mental health is being addressed in the Jewish Community.

Our panelists include:

Rabbi Daniel Epstein
Rabbi Daniel Epstein has been serving the Cockfosters & N. Southgate United Synagogue – an 1,100 member North London community – together with his wife Ilana, since June 2014.

Rabbi & Rebbetzen Epstein moved to Israel in 1998, where he established a PR firm, servicing over 40 government, corporate, technology and non-profit clients including JNF UK, the European Jewish Congress, the World Holocaust Forum, Leket Israel, Nefesh b’Nefesh. He subsequently fundraised for The Arad Foundation, The Pelech Jerusalem School and was CEO of Sunrise Israel, a summer camp for Jewish and Arab children with cancer and their siblings, while studying for semicha in Jerusalem.

In London, Rabbi Epstein is involved in interfaith dialogue, runs a successful adult education programme in Torah, political, social and economic thought; and works to raise awareness of metal health challenges in the Jewish community.

Rabbi Epstein is a Foundation governor of the JFS School and is an educator in the Holocaust Education Trust’s “Lessons from Auschwitz” programme that takes over 3,500 high school students each year to Poland on one-day trips.

Rabbi Epstein studied at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel and at the Straus-Amiel post-ordination Rabbinics School under Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. Rabbi Epstein holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry and Management Science from Imperial College London and, together with Ilana, have 4 children, aged 10 to 19.
Dr. Charlotte Benjamin
Charlotte Benjamin is an orthodox mother of 4 children. She has been a GP partner St George's Medical Centre, Hendon for 13 years. Having been elected board member to Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group, she carries the responsibility for Mental health & Learning disabilities.

This work has enabled her to be the clinical lead to drive forward a complete redesign of mental health in Barnet. This involved putting the patient genuinely at the centre of this redesign, learning the need to focus on a more holistic model of mental health. We appreciate the need to view patients as citizens, and work on a solutions focused model, rather than the traditional problems focused medical model. This has involved close working with the local mental health trust (BEHMHT), voluntary sector, including JAMI, patients, carers & local authority.

The mental health team, are now seeing new patients initially in the community in GP practices. There is a developing wellbeing hub at the Meritage Centre in Hendon.

This work has won her the accolade of GP hero from the GP pulse magazine in 2016, and the work has been nominated for a health sciences journal award for 2017.
Leanne Cowan
Leanne Cowan is a clinical psychologist with over 16 years of experience in the field of mental health and wellbeing of both adults and children. Leanne qualified in South Africa and completed further training in the UK in order to achieve her Statement of Equivalence. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Leanne provides individual therapy to children and adults, parenting advice and consultation to and supervision of other professionals. She worked part time as a highly specialist clinical psychologist as part of a neuro-developmental NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) service for ten years. Leanne has worked in independent practice for 16 years and is the founder of KindleKids Child Psychologists, a specialist clinical and educational psychology service for children and teenagers. She is highly regarded and experienced in the assessment and treatment of all areas of mental health.
Jonny Benjamin MBE
Jonny Benjamin MBE is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger from London.

At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar, and later began making films on YouTube about the condition that have since been watched by hundreds of thousands of people.
Laurie Rackind
Laurie was appointed Jami’s first Chief Executive in 2007. He graduated from Warwick with a degree in Engineering & Business Studies and after spending 5 years in Financial Modelling at the London Business School , Laurie went on to spend 13 years with his own specialist engineering company serving the Process Industries.

Since 2007, Jami has undergone significant growth and development and a shift in services to focus on mental health recovery- and outcome-based provisions. Laurie has a keen interest in impact measurement and this is reflected in Jami’s operations.

Under Laurie’s direction, Jami has developed various partnership and collaborative initiatives, most notably and recently with the creation of a single mental health service for the Jewish community in London and the South East with Jewish Care.
Dr. Simon Michaelson
Simon was an NHS consultant psychiatrist for over twenty years and honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College School of Medicine. He is now a clinical skills tutor and his special interests are communication skills, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), coaching and NHS staff wellbeing.

He qualified from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine and undertook postgraduate psychiatry training in Sheffield and the Royal Free. He was a clinical research fellow at the University of Manchester, working in the then new field of quality of life measurement.

He has been heavily involved in, and passionate about, teaching and training at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has held posts as clinical tutor, examiner and course director for the regional psychiatry training course. He won an innovations scheme grant to set up multi professional training in clinical communication skills, was given a teaching award by Imperial College and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

He has been an occasional advisor for radio, film and television. Since 1990 He has been on the mental health advisory committees of Jewish Care and then Jami.

At the start of the session 5 themes will be put to the panel for their views. The Chair will then open the floor to the audience.

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